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Apply Now for Our 2022 Community Mushroom Educator Virtual Training

Join our network of educators to learn how to grow and sell mushrooms, and teach these skills in the community you serve.

Our ongoing partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY and Farm School NYC is offering a virtual Community Mushroom Educator Training that aims to build a cohort of educators from both urban and rural centers throughout the US.

Community Mushroom Educators (CMEs) are trained in the basics of fungal biology, mushroom cultivation, and the various uses of fungi, alongside popular education techniques and models, to consider accessible approaches to mushroom education for diverse communities and organizations.

The six-week training provides educators with access to curriculum, facilitation methods, and resources so they can facilitate mushroom practice within a variety of settings including local schools, community gardens, cultural and community organizations, and farms. The 2022 virtual training will be held from April 5 – May 10, 2022, with webinars on Tuesday evenings, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET.

The online training will be open to staff and volunteers affiliated with educational and community based organizations that are committed to sharing knowledge that increases mushroom literacy and promotes safe and ethical mushroom practices. Certification is achieved through completion of the coursework, the planning and delivery of a facilitated event, and through active participation in the CME network.

Co-facilitators of the training include: Steve Gabriel, Yolanda Gonzalez, Sneha Ganguly, Leigh Ollman, Ravi Ramaswamy.

There is a short application process to learn about the populations you intend to serve and to help us better get to know your background and intentions for taking the training. The course fee will be a sliding scale based on the size of the organization.

Please review the entire website before applying online (the application link is toward the end of the webpage). Applications are due by Tuesday, March 15.

Questions can be emailed to Steve Gabriel, sfg53@cornell.edu.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub award number ENE19-156-33243.

Steve Gabriel

Steve is an Extension Specialist focused on specialty mushroom production and agroforestry. Throughout his career, Steve has taught thousands of people about the ways farming and forestry can be combined to both benefit the ecology and economies of small farms.  He is also a farmer, author, hiker, and musician.